Far from an exception, 16 March marked the 100th time under the Fifth Republic that France’s president chose to use a special constitutional measure to force through unpopular measures.
Opening the doors to Russia and China’s perception.
The setting was grand, so too was the plan. But behind the peace plan put forward by China and welcomed by Russia, is the question, what do both nations seek?
It is the first time French trade unions have shown unity since their opposition to pension reform in 2010.
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France’s trade unions have managed to galvanise the largest movement in decades in opposition to pension reform. What will happen to them once the bill has been passed or abandoned?
Footballers in Africa dream of a career in Europe
Beyond the glamour and fan adulation, African footballers in Europe struggle with adjusting to a new environment.
Brexit and Boris Johnson caused tension but France and the UK are getting back on track.
Azerbaijani environmental activists protest what they claim is illegal mining at the Lachin corridor, the Armenian-populated breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region’s only land link with Armenia, in December.
In recent months, Azerbaijan has manufactured a green movement to choke off the contested region’s supplies via the Lachin corridor. The move reveals loopholes within the 2020 ceasefire agreement.
To test the ballistic properties of the stone points found in the Mandrin cave, modern duplicates were created and hafted on to shafts, as they may have been 54,000 years ago.
Laure Metz, Ludovic Slimak
In 2022 we detailed the discovery of 1,500 stone points in France’s Madrin cave. Experiments now show that they could were used as arrowheads, pushing back evidence of archery in Eurasia by 40,000 years.
Elly Schlein’s surprise election as head of the Democratic Party means for the first time, Italy’s governing and opposition parties are both led by women.
Giorgia Meloni famously became the first woman prime minister last year. Now she has a female opponent as leader of the Democratic party.
These Ukrainians arrived in Poland from Kyiv by train in December 2022.
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About 1.5 million refugees are still there, with some putting down roots.
Demonstration in support of Ukraine in Vilnius, March 11, 2022.
Since 2021, the tiny Baltic nation of Lithuania has come up against three authoritarian regimes: Belarus, China, and Russia. Its capital, Vilnius, is at the forefront of Western support for Kiev.
Many hedgehogs are killed when crossing roads.
Research on Denmark’s hedgehogs offers insight into their cause of death – and how to help them.
Putin’s decision to go to war has seen great geopolitical ripples.
A year into the war in Ukraine, a historian reflects on how it has affected the geopolitical environment.
People protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, over daily power cuts, July 27, 2022.
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Russia tried to weaponize energy to keep European nations from opposing its war in Ukraine, but the real pain from Putin’s actions and Western sanctions has been felt far from Europe.
A Ukrainian serviceman of the artillery unit of the 80th Air Assault Brigade walks near Bakhmut on February 7, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Political scientists weigh in the factors that could see a Ukrainian or Russian win. The war could also become protracted.
Unions in France called for a second day of mobilisation against the government’s proposed pension reform on Tuesday 31 January.
Data spanning the past fifty years shows strikes in France have generally not affected growth or foreign investment.
Planting trees in urban areas can reduce the impacts of urban heat islands.
In 2015, 6,700 premature deaths were caused by urban heat – this can be reduced by a third by planting more trees.
Photos of Matteo Messina Denaro over the years.
Organised crime gangs appear to have realised that committing fewer murders enables them to fly under the radar more easily.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Morris MacMatzen/EPA-EFE/Valda Kalnina
Insider politics: why Germany needed US tanks to be offered to Ukraine.
Protesters wave French trade union CGT flags during a rally called by French trade unions against the government pension reform plan in Marseille, southern France, on January 19, 2023.
French citizens have protested pension reform for the past 30 years. A historian explains why the evolving power struggle between the streets and the state does not bode well for today’s strikers.
Italian emigrants at Modane train station, West of the Italian border.
Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
Italy’s administration has adopted increasingly hostile policies towards migrants of late. Yet, history reminds us the latter may not be that different from past generations of Italians.